The colder weather is here. This time of year not only affects the temperatures outside but inside as well. Have you recently been experiencing cooler temperatures in various rooms throughout your home? Is one room comfortable and the next cold? This issue is not uncommon and happens homeowners all over Colorado. The good news is that this problem can be fixed, and is usually attributed the issues that we point out in the following post.
It is important that you identify the problem as soon as you can and fix it. Identifying your home’s issue will prevent you from constantly running your HVAC system and throwing away money on energy bills. The professionals at REenergizeCO can help you identify the issue, and work with you to get it fixed right away.
Common Reasons for Temperature Imbalance in a Home
Problems Within a Home’s Ductwork
Believe it or not, your home can lose 30% of its airflow from air leaks within its duct system. This includes small leaks caused by improper insulation to bigger leaks from loose joints within your home’s system. Leaks can decrease airflow to certain rooms within your home, and in some cases, if the leak is big enough, completely restrict airflow to areas of your home.
If your ductwork is improperly sized, you will not get the proper amount of airflow through your home. This issue not only throws off the balance of temperatures in your home, but it can also put a severe strain on your HVAC system causing permanent damage. This can be especially bad in the winter months like right now because your system’s evaporator coils can freeze due to the temperatures. The opposite problem occurs in the summer when your coils can overheat due to the amount of strain that they are under.
While this is less common in newer homes, older homes in Colorado often have inadequate insulation. The combination of poor insulation and thinner walls can have a tremendous impact on the temperatures throughout a home. If you own an older home that doesn’t hold heat or conditioned air well, you run the risk of wasting energy and money trying to keep your house comfortable throughout the year. Whether this a problem throughout your entire home just a few rooms, your system will need to work harder and longer to balance the temperatures room to room. This can end up costing you a lot of money on your monthly energy bills.
If you believe that your home is under-insulated, it may be a good idea to contact REenergizeCO for a full-service energy audit so that we can diagnose your home and identify where your problems lie. After we have our data, we can insulate your walls, attic, basement, crawlspace, and garage depending on your needs.
Heating a Multi-Level Home
Typically we see a temperature difference in two-story homes ranging from eight to ten degrees from the downstairs to the upstairs. The reason for this is because heat naturally rises. This will cause the lower floor to be a bit cooler than the upper floor in a home. Most homes are programmed through one thermostat which controls the home’s HVAC system. This can lead to rooms that are farther away from the thermostat to be under conditioned.
The location of rooms in a home, the size and number windows located in them, can also have an affect on the temperature. A room that has many windows and natural sunlight flowing through it will have a higher temperature than a room with little or no windows. Making sure your windows are sealed and that they are energy efficient will prevent a room from being too hot or too cold.
Fixing Temperature Imbalances in Your Home
There are many things you can do to make your home more comfortable throughout the winter and the rest of the year in Colorado. We recommend that you get an energy audit done in your home to correctly diagnose where your home is losing the most air and energy.
Sealing Leaky Ducts
Luckily, sealing leaky ductwork is relatively easy to do. You can do locate the leaks and seal them with duct tape. This is a quick fix and may not last long term, so we recommend hiring a professional. REenergizeCO will be able to look in the correct places where your ducts may be failing. We will conduct a blower door test which will help us locate and seal your ducts.
Retrofit or Install New Insulation
Whether you live in an older home, just finished a remodel, or live in a new home, new insulation may be the answer to your temperature imbalance issues. Installing new insulation in your attic, basement, crawlspace, and walls can help contain the leaks that your home is experiencing. At REenergizeCO, we can diagnose your problem and recommend the best insulation for your particular problem. We install spray foam, blown-in, and fiberglass insulation to improve the comfortability of homes all across the front range of Colorado.
Add a Zoning System to Your Home
A zoning system in your home will allow you to control the temperature through independent thermostats on each floor of your home. Each thermostat is connected to control panels throughout your home and will communicate with dampers installed within your ductwork. Dampers will open and close automatically based on the set temperature of the thermostat they are hooked up to.
A zoning system will help you balance the temperature of the different floors in your home, as well as allow you to heat, cool, or restrict airflow to rooms based on your preferences.
Energy Saving Experts in Colorado
At REenergizeCO, we are committed to helping our customers save money on the energy in any way that we can. We install insulation, perform energy audits, and install energy efficient windows to help our customers stay comfortable throughout the year. If your home is experiencing trouble regulating temperature, contact us. We will come to your home and perform an energy audit to better understand where your problems lie. Once we diagnose the issues your home is having, we can perform the necessary upgrades so you can start putting money back into your pocket.